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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Creamy Hot Chocolate Recipe

     I've already mentioned like a bagillion times before that I love this time of year. I won't bore you with my list of reasons why, I will just give you another one of my reasons here today.

     I love homemade hot chocolate! There are so many different recipes out there, but what I love about this one is that its totally customizable! If you want it creamier, add more creamer, if its not intensely chocolate enough add more chocolate.

     So here's what you need to make this recipe:

  •       Chocolate Milk mix {Like Quick or whatever's cheapest}
  •       Powdered Milk
  •       Non-dairy Creamer {It might be fun to try flavored dry creamer too}
  •       Sugar

     Mix this up in a large bowl. I used a 2 quart pitcher and just shook it up, that was a bit easier.

     2 cups of dry milk
     1 cup of non dairy creamer
     1 cup of sugar
     2/3 cup chocolate milk mix

     Fill your mug about 1/4 full of the mix and add hot water! Then have fun with toppings. Marshmallows are a favorite here. My husband likes whipped topping and chocolate syrup!

     Hot Chocolate is especially yummy after a family night around the fire!

    Enjoy! And make it your own!


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Friday, September 28, 2012

Art Prize

     If you aren't from the Grand Rapids area, I want to introduce you to something amazing. Art Prize is this unbelievable event that last around 2 1/2 weeks in and around the city. Artists from all over the world enter their paintings, sculptures, songs, and creations into this contest for $250,000.

     We love this time of year {for lots of reasons} but especially because of Art Prize. Here is some of the amazing art that we enjoyed.

     This guy was my kids favorite. The artist made the bones out of who knows what to construct this T-Rex.

     It is crazy cool the things that can be made from recycled materials. See if you can recognize these utilitarian items.

     These copper characters were floating in the pool outside of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.

     These little cuties are the creation of my husband and myself. They win the prize! ;)

     These horses were made of sticks. I think this was one of my favorites.

     Hudson is listening to his Uncle Ethan's musical entry. Ethan is in a band called "The Mines" and they are amazing! Check out their website here.

     This is my little guy who is allergic to the cold. {He breaks out in hives if he gets too cold}.

     Listening to The Mines.

     This guy was suspended between two large buildings.

     Golden Einstein.

     This Cobra would move up and down.

     The pokey balls! Hudson's favorite!

     This neat swing set was attached to the drums so as you would swing it would make music.

         This golden dragon was made of golden buttons that were suspended on fishing line. It was really cool because it would move and sway.

     So if you are ever in Michigan during the end of September/beginning of October, come to Grand Rapids and check out Art Prize! You will be so impressed with the amount of talent out there in the world.

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Fall Decor

     Whenever I see link parties for mantels I cringe. I have a mantel but its nothing to write home about and it contains that ugly cable box with the TV above. Not decor friendly, but it keeps the fam happy! ;)

       I love this time of year. Its so cozy, warm, and full of layers {colors and fabrics}; all the things that make a home homey!

     I decided to make the best of it and see what I could come up with. Here's how it turned out along with a few other areas around the house that were spruced up for fall.

     I love how the sticks bring in that natural element and hopefully your eye goes to them and not the box they sit on! ;)

     You can learn how to make this cute pumpkin here.

Happy Fall!

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